The tailcoat was finished just in time for the Big Regency Ball. It was announced in June, so I had a deadline throughout the sewing. And what a ball it was! I ought to have don full dress (formal attire) but the occasion to show off my new garments was too perfect to miss. I combined the tailcoat and breeches with shirt, cravat and white silk waistcoat. White stockings and opera pumps. Fob watch and gloves. Hair coiffed Regency style.
The ball was arranged by the Swedish Regency society (Empirsällskapet) and Gustafs skål, the Gustavian society. We were asked not to take pictures in the ballroom, so I have no images of actual dancing. Besides, I was busy doing just that. There was an official photographer present, but we are still waiting for his pictures. Stockholm is famous for its landmarks and historic buildings. That is the reason why this little gem is relatively unknown. The mansion was built in the 1790´s as a country retreat by a wealthy merchant. After years of modern renovations it is today restored to its Gustavian glory.
The quartet played wonderful music on historically accurate instruments – harpsicord, harp, violin, some sort of wooden flute, and bassoon. We danced various country dances, quadrilles and waltzes – like The Duke of Kent´s Waltz. Our hostess/dance master Anna Löfgren was gracious and the buffé style dinner was delicious. A memorable evening indeed! The following day we met up for a picnic, so come back soon for more pictures.